#352 –Creative and Therapeutic Uses of Tarot with Andrew Matzner, MSW

Andrew Matzner

Andy Matzner is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. He also is adjunct faculty at Virginia Western Community College (in the mental health and psychology programs) and Hollins University (Gender and Women’s Studies). In addition to his MSW, Andy has a master’s degree in anthropology and a master’s in European Languages and Literatures (perhaps one day he’ll be able to trade them all in for a PhD). As a therapist, Andy specializes in serving transgender clients in southwest Virginia (where resources are quite slim).

He is the author of ‘O Au No Keia: Voices from Hawaii’s Mahu and Transgender Communities (2001); Male Bodies, Women’s Souls: Personal Narratives of Thailand’s Transgendered Youth (co-authored with LeeRay Costa, 2007); and The Buddha Diet: A Guide to Creating a Positive Relationship with Food and Eating (2012). Andy is also a tarot card reader, and has recently published The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Uses for the Cards (2013).

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4 Comments

  1. Louise
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    Just finished this episode on Tarot and psychotherapy and it was very enjoyable and thought provoking. My first profession was as a Taro reader in my early 20\\\’s and I even had a photo of myself reading Tarot at some markets published in a book, I will have to send you the photo. I have some cool cards done by a comic artist which are quite dark and abstract. It is really interesting to be making connections between what I experienced giving and receiving Tarot readings and my current obsession with all things psychological and psychotherapeutic. Such food for thought!

    Just for fun I thought I would pick out a card for you David and the wheel of fortune and the five of cups came out. My guess would be that you are at a point of significant change and you will need to be mindful of your resources. Not just the resources themselves but how you perceive them. You may be focusing on loss where there could be hidden opportunity. What possible resources in your life have you overlooked that can help you to better follow your path of personal growth and fulfillment? Then again this could apply to me so perhaps these are my cards and I did not know it.

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  3. Angie
    Posted November 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I started listening to a few episodes of the podcast recently and have been enjoying it. I especially enjoyed this episode. I have been learning about Tarot for a few years, and I have my bachelors degree in psychology and am almost done my Masters in Counseling. It’s nice to see psychology and Tarot combined.

  4. Posted May 31, 2014 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I was surprised to see Tarot and Psychology combined but I expect various personality types are well illustrated through the tarot as well. Really well-written article, I found it really interesting.

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